My (very) mini road trip to the Adirondacks

Where did the time go? Last time I checked, it was the end of June, and I vehemently said to myself that I would consistently blog over the summer. A big LOL to that idea. But, new waves of motivation are washing over me (at least I’d like to think so) now that I just completed my first few days back at college. With two years under my belt already, I greeted campus in the way you would greet a close friend. It was a welcome sight after three months away.

My reaction now that I look back on my initial goal of consistently blogging this summer.
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In between interning and working this summer, I took a couple of much-needed road trips. The season still screams “vacation” for me even though it’s been a few years since I’ve had a real “summer vacation.” So, in early August, I took a mini (and I mean mini) road trip up to the Adirondacks. Despite being only up in the northern New York region for a day, the joy of being on the open road in a familiar territory I’ve traveled to since a young age was a nostalgic feeling,

When I was little, my immediate family and relatives would take a yearly camping trip to the Adirondacks, shuffling between places that included Lake George, Long Lake, and Old Forge. When it came time to head to Camp Guggenheim at 13 years old with my cousin of the same age, the mountainous region felt like my second home. Little did I know that this almost 40-year-old Catholic recreational camp would be the reason I’d keep coming back to the mountains.

I’m now too old to attend Guggenheim myself, but some of my close “camp” friends have grown into the role of counselors. How fitting that I now have an excuse to return to the place that played a huge part in my upbringing. I can’t think of a better reason for taking a road trip than visiting old friends.

I ventured to both Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, NY during my short stay and caught up with said friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in two years. Below are a few pictures from my Adirondack jaunt.

View of Lower Saranac Lake from Camp Guggenheim
View of Lower Saranac Lake from Camp Guggenheim.
Lake Placid Olympic Center, home of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice," at dusk.
Lake Placid Olympic Center, home of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” at dusk.
Panoramic view of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. This is one of many locations for the annual IRONMAN race.
Panoramic view of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. This is one of many locations for the annual IRONMAN race.

After returning from the place that was home to the 1980 Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice,” I wondered if there were other pop culture connections to the Adirondack region. In recent years, movies including Frozen River, The Place Beyond the Pines, and The Good Shepherd have used the Adirondacks as their filming locations. Melissa Leo, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro are just a few of the stars who have most likely graced the region with their presence.

The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” brought to the big screen in the movie “Miracle” is one of the many reasons to venture to Lake Placid, NY.
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I guess I’m not the only one who loves the winding roads, looming trees, and glistening lakes that are staples of the well-known New York region. The next time there happens to be a movie filming in the area, I’ll try to plan my road trip then in order to catch a glimpse of the A-Listers.


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